Is House GOP poised to create its own ‘squad’ of bold, conservative women?

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By Carrie Sheffield

Young conservative House candidates span wider ideological range than liberal ‘squad’ members like AOC, Tlaib and Omar.

House Republicans could be poised to create their own conservative “squad” of charismatic, young women who might serve as an informal answer or foil to the prominent, liberal group of young, female Democrats who swept into power in 2018.

However, the young GOP House candidates span a wider ideological range than liberal “squad” members like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Republican Kimberly Klacik, an African-American young woman running for the U.S. House, created a viral video challenging Democratic governance in Baltimore, claiming more than five decades of one-party rule had resulted in a decimated black community.

Klacik’s dramatic video of her walking through the boarded-up streets of Baltimore caught the attention of President Trump.

“Kimberly will work with the Trump Administration and we will bring Baltimore back, and fast,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Don’t blow it Baltimore, the Democrats have destroyed your city!”

Trump also congratulated Anna Paulina Luna, a GOP House candidate from Florida’s 13th district who won her primary race Tuesday night. Luna is a Latina and an Air Force veteran with a substantial social media following. She previously served as a spokeswoman for the youth grassroots organization Turning Point USA founded by activist Charlie Kirk.

“Great WIN Anna! Watched your race from beginning, very impressed,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Your next opponent, Charlie Crist, is a Pelosi puppet who is bad on Crime, our Military, Vets, & 2nd Amendment. You have my Complete & Total Endorsement!”

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